Real time changelog for Porteus Kiosk Server variant "Premium"


Each new system version (like e.g. 20151128) triggers an action to pull updated component from our server. After short downtime the system is ready to use with all security fixes, updates and new features merged into the ISO. Everthing is done automatically without any user action. More info how Porteus Kiosk Server variant "Premium" works can be find on this page.

Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170816

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature display notification when SSH or VNC connection to the client fails. This is always the case when client is reconfiguring or upgrading as these services are not started yet on the client side.

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170808

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170808

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature added client statistics to conky widget: number of clients which are online, number of clients which are offline and total number of clients registered in the Administration Panel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170729

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170729

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - upgraded to virtualbox-guest-additions-5.1.26

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170713

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix do not allow installation of the server on devices smaller than 2GB

    - new feature display usage bars in red color if CPU, RAM or storage goes to 90% or above in the Server resource monitor (conky theme)

    - new feature if server session is protected with a password then its possible to lock the session through the exit menu

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170708

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170706

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature added support for email notifications. For now the only supported notification is when client goes offline for specific time period. Please test and provide feedback to this function.

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170621

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170621

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170611

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature switched to expandable view for the 'sort client list' function and made user choice persistent across Administration Panel/PK Server restarts

    - new feature added an option to display the sorting result in reverse order

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170608

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature added possibility to sort client list by categories (system/kernel version, browser, last connected time, etc) in the view settings of the Administration Panel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170607

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170607

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170526

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170526

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature added an info about client's last connection time to the Administration Panel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170513

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170513

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170506

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170506

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature added 'Reconnect client' to the actions list. Allows reconnecting only selected client(s) rather than dropping all connections. Should be used in rare scenarios like updating client data in the Administration Panel (hostname, IP address, etc) or when VNC password file was not transferred on the server side.

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170422

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170422

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170408

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170408

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - upgraded to libsigc++-2.10.0, glibmm-2.50.0

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170328

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170328

    - server fix allow file selection dialogs by default for Chrome so its possible to upload files through the browser

    - upgraded to parcellite-1.2.1

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - upgraded to virtualbox-guest-additions-5.1.18

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170312

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170312

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - upgraded to virtualbox-guest-additions-5.1.16

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170310

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix always use numerical order for the client list (sort by client ID)

    - new feature added an option to filter client list by specific string, e.g. browser, kernel version, hostname

    - new feature display newest client logs on the top of the window when filtering by a string

    - new feature display current server version in the conky theme instead of the hostname

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170306

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature Moved 'Hide offline clients' checkbox to the menu bar of the Administration Panel and added 'Help' entry to it

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170305

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature Added 'Tools' menu to the Administration Panel with backup and restore utilities which allows to create and restore system snapshots containing all custom server files: client data, remote configs, client logs/files, custom server startup scripts, etc. Please use these tools when migrating the server to another hardware or in case of a storage media failure.

    - added tar-1.29-r1 package

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170228

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix fixed column sizes in the client list, also for older clients going back to 3.6.0 release which do not report kernel and browser version to the server

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170227

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature Administration Panel client list tab: display PCID, MAC and hostname for kiosks which are currently offline so its easier to identify them

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170226

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature Administration Panel client list tab: allow hiding the clients which are currently offline

    - new feature Administration Panel client logs tab: display newest logs on the top of the window and not the bottom

    - new feature Administration Panel client logs tab: added an option to disable minitoring of the client logs

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170224

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix reduced the size of clients logs displayed in the Administration Panel from 1MB to 300KB as larger logs may affect Server performance in case of many new entries addedd to the log at the same time

    - new feature added function to display archived client logs to the Administration Panel. This is to compensate log size reduction.

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170129

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170129

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature open client's debug log in the browser - easier to search for specific info

    - upgraded to tigervnc-1.7.1

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20170115

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #170115

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature detach windows from the Administration Panel so its possible to copy data between viewed and edited files

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161229

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #161229

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix use 'Unknown' string instead of an empty value if client wont report its system version properly

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161212

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #161212

  • 005-server:

  • - security fix bash-4.3_p48-r1: popd controlled use-after-free (CVE-2016-9401) #600174

    - server fix calculate client vnc port which needs to be opened on the Server side in more reliable way to avoid "not a RFB server" error

    - new feature automatically create backup files for the client configs which are edited on the Server. Its possible to restore previous version of the config using 'Restore' button in the edit window.

    - upgraded to readline-6.3_p8-r3

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161203

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #161203

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature if client file exists already on the Server then ask if it should be updated

    - upgraded to tigervnc-1.7.0

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161115

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #161115

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature added possibility to host files used by the clients (wallpaper, browser preferences, screensaver zip archive, etc) directly on the Server. This function requires latest client code from the 'automatic updates' channel.

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161027

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix allow rotating logs more often than once in a day

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161023

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #161023

  • 005-server:

  • - security fix bash-4.3_p48: Specially crafted SHELLOPTS+PS4 variables allows command substitution (CVE-2016-7543) #595268

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161003

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #161003

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature use conky to monitor Server resources

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20161001

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #161001

  • 005-server:

  • - upgraded to sshfs-2.8

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - upgraded to glibmm-2.48.1, gtkmm-2.24.5, libsigc++-2.8.0, pangomm-2.40.1

    - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160923

  • 005-server:

  • - security fix bash-4.3_p46-r1 Arbitrary code execution via malicious hostname (CVE-2016-0634) #594496

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160914

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix removed 'grep' alias from /etc/bash/bashrc as grep from bysybox does not support '--colour=auto' option

    - added parcellite-1.1.9

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160906

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix make possible editing of the remote config through the Administration Panel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160904

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160904

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature added 'Remote Management' tab to Administration Panel for handling kiosk configs through the Server, no need to use 3rd party web hosting service anymore!

    - new feature added 'Help' button to the 'Client Logs' and 'Remote Management' tabs in the Administration Panel which points to the webpage which explains how these features work

    - new feature removable devices are mounted with read-write access

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160819

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160819

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature display client's kernel version in the Administration Panel

    - new feature Administration Panel: display notification when action cant be executed as client is offline

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160810

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature Administration Panel can be resized and maximized. Useful when you want to monitor many clients without scrolling the window.

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160806

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160724

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160724

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160724

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix removed 'Server docs' button from Administration Panel UI - documentation will be handled through the browser bookmarks

    - new feature added confirmation window to 'reboot/shutdown client' options

    - new feature added back 'restart session' option (client must run latest kiosk version from automatic updates channel in order to support this feature properly)

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160710

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160710

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature Administration Panel: added second tab for logging system events (warnings and above) from the kiosk clients. Useful for proactive support.

    - new feature added 'Reconnect' button which temporarily drops all client connections to the server. This is useful in case of having connection problems or to update clients data.

    - new feature display browser version in the browser column of the Administration Panel

    - new feature custom commands are preceded with 'nohup' so they continue executing even when ssh is disconnected

    - new feature enabled startup notifications for the launchers

    - new feature display battery applet in the bottom panel if PC is equipped with a battery

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160625

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160625

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix removed 'Restart session' option from available actions as its causing troubles for the clients in certain situations. Please use 'Restart browser' or 'Reboot client' actions instead.

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - upgraded to glibmm-2.46.4

    - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160610

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160610

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160519

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160519

  • 005-server:

  • - VNC viewer: lowered JPEG compression from 9 to 4 which helps slower connections and keeps image quality on relatively good level

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160505

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160505

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160501

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160501

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160417

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160417

  • 005-server:

  • - reduced logging for stunnel to level 4 (warning) and disabled /var/log/stunnel.log. Metalog looks after stunnel messages now.

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160318

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160318

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix chroot kiosk user into /var/jail properly when making initial client -> server connection

    - server fix wait up to 5 seconds for VNC connections as sometimes they are slow to initialize

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against kernel 4.4.6

    - upgraded to: atkmm-2.24.2, cairomm-1.12.0-r1, glibmm-2.46.3, gtkmm-2.24.4-r3, libsigc++-2.6.2, pangomm-2.38.1

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160228

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160228

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against kernel 4.4.3

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160222

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160222

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against kernel 4.4.2

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160214

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160214

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160129

  • 005-server:

  • - upgraded to tigervnc-1.6.0-r1

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160121

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160121

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160107

  • 005-server:

  • - security fix rsync-3.1.2: unsafe destination paths for transferred files. #596140

    - new feature send custom command (e.g. notification) to the client

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160104

  • Default system components:

  • - synced with master: #160103

  • 005-server:

  • - new feature check for server updates every 24h and display notification asking for reboot if new system version is found

    - new feature added cifs package so its possible to mount SMB shares from server command line

    - new feature added 'Server docs' button to Administration Panel which opens the browser on http://porteus-kiosk.org/server.html (and server related documentation in the future)

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - recompiled VirtualBox guest additions against upgraded kernel

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20160101

  • 005-server:

  • - server fix handle VNC connections to the kiosk client properly when VNC access to the server is enabled

    - new feature rise number of allowed simultaneous VNC connections from 99 to 10k

  • 006-virt.xzm:

  • - server fix disabled VirtualBox guest additions version check notification

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20151205

  • vmlinuz and 000-kernel.xzm:

  • - kernel config: enabled IP Multicast feature which is needed for receiving RTP/UDP video streams

  • 003-settings.xzm:

  • - new feature wizard: when version "Premium" is selected then allow for setting following system parameters: time zone, keyboard layout, screen resolution, default sound card/sound volume, activate DPMS, disable UEFI support, additional fonts, allow accessing the server through the SSH and VNC protocols.

    - new feature increased wizard window size

    - new feature added 'managed_bookmarks=http://porteus-kiosk.org/server.html' parameter by default

    Porteus Kiosk Server version 20151128


    Tagged as Porteus Kiosk Server 3.6.0 release